In 2010, Bioponica's founders set out to build a more perfect aquaponics greenhouse facility.
The project was taken on to support a client who wanted to raise better tasting tomatoes for their pizza franchise.
In the course of our research, we learned that aquaponics does not provide sufficient minerals and phosphorus to properly grow tomatoes without adding mineral salts. That's because fish and fish meal have a different makeup than what plants require.
Over the years, the company has overcome this challenge and innovated an alternative to fish culture as a primary nutrient source for fertilizing plants in a soilless environment. By extracting biomass, derived from plants and various industry bi-products, the problem of fish dependency was solved. Since then, it has become clear that liquid fertilizer extracts are also important for soil based growing.
Kenneth Lovell P.E.
Ken has been a serious farmer for more than 40 years. This is longer than his expansive career in the waste-water industry where he was a lead engineer in design and operation of large capacity anaerobic digesters. The talent he brings to Bioponica is structural, analytical and practical.
David Epstein, D.O.
Passionate about organic food and sustainable living, Dr Dave is a functional medicine physician specializing in nutrition as it relates to mood and behavior disorders. His innovative problem solving character has guided Bioponica towards its mission of closed loop science and self sufficiency in agriculture.